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Adventures in Snow!

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Our Journey with Alaskan Malamutes

Alaskan Malamutes

Kialeah and Colt Reunion 2018Alaskan Malamutes: When it comes to domesticated dog breeds, everyone has their preference. Whether that preference is based on looks, agility, temperament, health, or a combination of all these things or more – people love their dogs, and dogs, love their people.


We began our journey with Alaskan Malamutes not really knowing what we were getting ourselves into, in terms of how much of a positive impact they would have on our lives. The love that we have developed for this breed will surely continue into the afterlife, because we simply ADORE Alaskan Malamutes. One thing that sort of frustrates us is the lack of knowledge some folks have about this breed, and then they go around planting seeds of ignorance which then misleads people and even causes a lot of problems for the breed itself. We were victims of some of these false perceptions, and it’s taken us awhile to separate fact from fiction. It’s a continuing learning experience, no matter how long you spend with this breed, no matter how large your pack is, it’s a never-ending lifetime journey.

Despite what some “big shot” websites might claim, Alaskan Malamutes are NOT wolves or “wolf-dogs”, period. As flattering as it is, to be compared to the raw wild beauty of the wolf, Malamutes are no more wolf than any other dog. However, the Alaskan Malamute is a purebred dog, and one of the oldest domesticated breeds in the world, with historical evidence of their existence pointing upwards to twenty-thousand years. They were bred in a way which retained many of their wolfy traits, because these traits were desirable to the ancient Inuit people, or Mahlemut Tribe of Alaska. They were selectively bred to pull heavy loads through ice and snow, and to be an independent worker, with self-sustainable qualities. They were not bred in order to change them a whole lot more than this, like some dogs today who can fit in the back-pocket of someone’s designer jeans… This alone accounts for their wolf-like traits, and can be confusing to those who don’t know better. Compared with an actual wolf, a Malamute’s differences are quite clear. The head, tail, markings, paw size and shape, and overall physique is totally different. Although Alaskan Malamutes still possess many of their ancient wolf ancestor traits, there is no evidence, DNA or otherwise, to say or suggest they are “wolf dogs”…


Mountain Life Malamutes Colorado Outdoor Adventures

The Joy of Colorado Outdoor Life

Living in a natural environment like the Colorado Rockies is truly one of the greatest gifts there are, and being able to experience nature on a daily basis is truly what we live and breathe for. Colorado has an absolutely amazing diverse wildlife population, and is one of the most scenic states in the country. Huge rock formations and outcroppings, vast open plains where you can see antelope, buffalo…sorta reminds of me a certain song….   Here are just some random photos taken recently that you might enjoy!


Whether it is the local mule deer, elk, or black bear, we find that magic is everywhere when you just take the time to appreciate it and see it! Check out our other blog posts regarding great spots to check out while in Colorado, especially in the Colorado Springs and Denver areas! Some great points of interest are Helen Hunt Falls, Manitou Springs, Estes Park, Blue Lakes, and The Royal Gorge! Don’t forget to check trail regulations to see if you can bring your 4 legged besties with you!


Please note: Our Mals are never exposed to natural threats; they are always either indoors, housed securely when outdoors, or fully supervised at all times.


Kialeah Mountain Life Alaskan Malamutes 2018

Recall Training with Kialeah

Training for “off-leash” hiking can be nerve-racking for even experienced dog owners. The most important thing is to make sure that there are no leash-laws prohibiting off-leash dogs in the area you are in. Always abide by the laws and rules governing any public trail you are on – and it’s always a good idea, especially during hunting season, to have your dog in a brightly colored hunting jacket. Training is really important, as is practice, for anything off-leash. Malamutes can be stubborn in this department, so make sure you KNOW your dog before attempting to go off-leash.


2017 Colorado Adventures

2017 Colorado Adventures

Our 2017 Colorado adventures were just amazing! Here is a look back, some random photos of the wildlife we encountered, as well as the scenic masterpieces that can only be found in this beautiful countryside we call HOME. Many of these photos were taken right in our own backyard, but many are from the Blue Lakes area, Fairplay, Hartsel, and Manitou/Colorado Springs area. We have several trips planned for 2018, including the Royal Gorge, Estes Park, and others. Video has been a little more difficult for us to do due to the limitations on internet speeds available in these areas. However, we intend on working out those bugs and start uploading more of our GoPro footage shortly!


Fall 2017 Horseshoe Mt.

Fall 2017 Horseshoe Mt.

Fall 2017 Horseshoe Mt.: It was our precious Kialeah’s first outing since she left the Snow Pack last Fall! It was here that her and Akyla became best buds! It was also a wonderful mom (Hialeah) and daughter reunion. Kialeah was merely 10 weeks old when she proved herself to be quite the hiking pup! She was keeping up with the rest of the pack in ways that made us proud!


Horseshoe Mountain is almost 14k ft in elevation, and a true wonder to behold here in the Rocky Mountain outback. It was one of the best days ever, spent with our friend and partner, and of course – the Pack! Kialeah gets “extra” brownie points for doing so well, and as you can see from the photos, she made a huge impression!